Mauricio Pochettino is back – but why did he choose Paris St-Germain?


#Barely 13 months after being shown the door at #Tottenham #Hotspur, #Mauricio #Pochettino is back in football at the highest level with #French billionaires #Paris #St-Germain.

#It would never be a tempting project at a big club to bring the #Argentine back into the football limelight, and in that regard, PSG did the trick perfectly.

#He spoke to numerous clubs during his forced sabbatical, including #Benfica and #Monaco, and he has certainly been approached and probed by #Barcelona and #Real #Madrid, although no official offer has been made.

#But now is the perfect time for #Pochettino to take the reins of #Parc de #Princes.

#No walking in the park

#As a former player who has had two and a half seasons at PSG, the decision to take the job may be a no-brainer, but that’s far from saying it will be a walk in the park, like the former incumbent. . at the club #Thomas #Tuchel would probably tell him.

#Tuchel had previously told the club that he was not going to stay next season.

#Tuchel is one of those modern #German managers who have always understood football as a game in which the collective is much more important than the individual, while in a club like PSG, the importance of the star is paramount, in the as far as players like #Kylian #Mbappe and #Neymar have a direct line of communication with the president.

#Unsurprisingly, then, you feel that #Tuchel felt that his authority was constantly being undermined.

#Despite being a finalist in the #Champions #League last year, he walks away with the club – champion of #France in seven of the previous eight seasons – in a recently unprecedented third place in #Ligue 1.

They are still just one point away from first place and have a chance to win the league, but it’s their worst comeback at this point since the 2013-14 season.

#Fourteen out of a possible 24 points could be good enough at any other club, but #Tuchel leaves with PSG after losing four of his first 17 games.

#Last season, before the league ended after 27 games, they had lost just three. #But the sacking had more to do with perception than with numbers.

#Last season the team mainly focused on the #Champions #League and they followed his instructions to the letter.

#During this campaign they have shown unity in particular when, after a dinner at #Marco #Verratti’s restaurant where they had promised to work as a team, they came back from a 2-1 deficit in the first leg against the #Borussia #Dortmund to win the home game 2-0 and make their way to the quarter-finals just before the pandemic strikes.

#But this season it has proven impossible to recreate that spirit and the often strained and awkward relationship #Tuchel had with director of football #Leonardo meant he had to leave.

#Play the waiting game

#Mauricio #Pochettino guided #Tottenham to their first #Champions #League final, losing 2-0 to #Liverpool in #June 2019

#Pochettino, meanwhile, plays the game of waiting. #It hasn’t been the easiest time for him, although he knew that sooner or later an opportunity would present itself.

#He traveled to #Qatar at an invitation from the #World #Cup supreme committee, and many players who see him as wise advice have been in contact seeking support.

#Former players trying to get their coach badges and coaches on hiatus have been in touch, aware that this is a special coach who can make the most of the players he has by putting himself in touch. in their minds and working to build a personal relationship.

#Because of this crucial element, he spent a lot of his time working on finding a way to deal with the new generation of players, which is very different from dealing with the veterans on a team.

#He has been invited to private and group discussions. #He had conversations with #Zoom with #Argentine coaches, and he also watched a lot of football, rated players and coaches, and came to the conclusion that as it stands, although the industry may be -be the same, the post-Covid match most certainly not.

#Pochettino has no agent, no public relations manager to organize his schedules, and the #Pochettino team deals directly with both the media and clubs who wish to chat with them.

#Since last #Christmas, they could have worked almost without interruption, and carefully selected media work has been carried out in the meantime.

#Many offers of advertisements came to him, but he rejected them all, partly because he doesn’t feel comfortable doing them and also because he is aware that in his next club there will be advertising commitments, and he wanted to avoid any possible conflict. of interest.

They also take energy away from its main goal – to improve its methods and its team. #This is why he is not involved in social media.

A unique challenge

#Conversations with PSG picked up speed about two weeks ago and he will now face a challenge unlike anything he has encountered before in his career.

#He will at least be one step ahead of the first time he arrived in #England when it comes to language.

The two and a half years he spent in #Paris means that he speaks #French and while he is, by all accounts, a bit rusty, he is certainly ahead of his #English when it comes to #Southampton in 2013.

#In the past he created teams and in doing so raised their levels. #His strength was working with players who were eager to improve and willing to meet the demands of a coach like him.

#He has earned his reputation by playing an exciting and exuberant brand of football that has earned the respect of the watching world and, just as importantly, due to the financial constraints placed on him, by coaching, cajoling, cajoling and polishing rough diamonds. he had at #Tottenham academy.

#Pochettino will now have to work with different types of players. #He will also be aware of the fact that while he should always love everyone the same, this is far from saying that he is going to treat everyone the same.

#It won’t be easy dealing with players like #Neymar who, with permission from the president and coach, will often choose when to play and when to rest, or with a #Mbappe who knows exactly what he can bring when there is thinks, but sometimes does not respond to requests made of it.

#In clubs like PSG and also #Real #Madrid, where he might also have been, they do things differently from clubs like #Southampton and #Spurs.

#But #Pochettino and his team – and always remember that when we talk about #Pochettino taking a job, we are talking about ‘#Team #Pochettino’, the same coaching setup that has accompanied him since his days at #Espanyol – are more than prepared for the challenge we expect to work with a side brimming with stars and quality.

#By hiring #Pochettino, PSG are mainly buying his coaching skills, although there is almost certainly some money available, aided by the potential sale of #Mbappe to #Real #Madrid this summer if #Spanish club president #Florentino #Perez and the manager #Zinedine #Zidane are successful.

#Many associate the decision to bring in #Pochettino with the potential arrival of #Lionel #Messi this summer, suggesting the player would be more comfortable with a fellow #Argentina in charge. #Time will tell us.

#What we do know for sure is that #Pochettino and his teammates would only ever go to a club where they could build on an extremely solid foundation and where they would have a chance to coach a team with a player level. even higher than the one they had worked on. with in the past.

#In this regard, PSG does more than succeed.

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